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Week 4 midweek preview: Flash host Sky Blue

Christie Rampone, 37, has helped Sky Blue FC win its first two NWSL matches. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer.)

The start of May marks the first midweek match in NWSL history.  Rochester, N.Y., has been waiting in earnest for Abby Wambach to appear as a home player at Sahlen’s Stadium.  The wait ends Wednesday when the Flash host Sky Blue FC.

Sky Blue FC (2-0-0) at WNY Flash (0-2-1)
Wednesday, 7:05 pm EDT
Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.
Series: Sky Blue FC lead 1-0 (Flash 3-0-1 in WPS)
Watch livestream here

Quick Look:  The first return match of the NWSL season is a fascinating one as well.  Abby Wambach will finally make her return to the Flash lineup after missing the home opener following a ball off her face against Washington on April 20 that resulted in concussion symptoms.  And the Flash will be trying to avoid a fourth straight match without a win to open the season against a Sky Blue side that beat them on opening day and who are the only team in NWSL not to drop any points.

Tactical Short:  We likely won’t find out until the players take the field whether Kelley O’Hara returns to left back, where she played opening day against the Flash, or if she stays up top where she was effective against the Washington Spirit.  Flash coach Aaran Lines pulled Veronica Perez in the first half against the Breakers so we could see a new midfield alignment for the hosts. Angela Salem entered the game, which Lines said was an attempt to “put a Band-Aid” on the midfield, which the Breakers picked apart. Boston eventually prevailed 2-1 after Heather O’Reilly scored her second goal in the 83rd minute.



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